Row Over Controversial Stem-Cell Procedure Flares Up Again|
Top scientists in Italy have called on the health minister Beatrice Lorenzin to reconsider the composition of the new scientific advisory committee she has proposed to assess a controversial stem-cell therapy offered by the Stamina Foundation. [Nature News]
Hollande Pledges to Avoid Cuts to France’s Science Funding
French President François Hollande promised to spare the research and higher education budget from savings of €50 billion that his government has pledged to find over the next three years to reign in its massive public deficit. [Nature News]
Obama Promises Action and Seeks a Science-Funding Boost
US President Barack Obama says 2014 will be a “year of action” in which he plans to use his executive authority to enact new policies, while seeking greater cooperation from the sharply divided Congress. [Nature News]
Elsevier Opens Its Papers to Text-Mining
Academics: prepare your computers for text-mining. Publishing giant Elsevier says that it has now made it easy for scientists to extract facts and data computationally from its more than 11 million online research papers. Other publishers are likely to follow suit this year, lowering barriers to the computer-based research technique. [Nature News]
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